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1. Groucho Marx’s legend is alive and well: The anniversary edition of The Groucho Letters: Letters from and to Groucho Marx was far and away VSL readers’ favorite book pick this month. Marx’slively correspondence with family and friends — including such luminaries as T. S. Eliot, James Thurber, and E. B. White — gives us glimpses of the comedian’s personality and century-defining wit. Click here to read the original VSL e-mail.

2. The favorite VSL DVD pick this month was The Lives of Others. This elegant, smart thriller was directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck with exquisite precision. A genuine must-see. To read the original VSL e-mail, click here.

3. The tragicomedy of Miss South Carolina’s blunder last week at Miss Teen USA was a huge audience favorite (click here if you haven’t yet seen it), as was the Website This handsome, ingenious site allows you to create free playlists based on a mixture of factors — including mood! — and to discover new favorites. Click here to read more.

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